Life wasn't always easy for the members of Diamond Rio. From their humble beginnings as theme park performers through their rise to country music superstardom, the book "Beautiful Mess" - The Story of Diamond Rio," highlights the personal and professional struggles of each band member, proving once and for all that the road to the top isn't always paved with gold.
While the book provides a glimpse into the career path of each member of the group, it was their personal stories that held my interest. Stories such as the vocal struggle that almost cost lead singer Marty Roe his career, the health related challenges for Gene Johnson, the adventuresome spirit of Jimmy Olander, and the hysterical anecdotes as told by Dana Williams, are what kept me reading.
My only criticism of "Beautiful Mess" is that it becomes a bit bogged down in the early chapters when author Tom Roland chronicles the band's rise to fame. I personally, would have liked to read more of the story from the band members point of view and less about the details of the various country music connections that brought them together. That being said, overall the book is an interesting read, and the second half of it is sure to inspire anyone who enjoys a story about the rise from rags to riches.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 15, 2009)